Hello, friends! Remember when I did that Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus review and I decided I wanted a Barbie Careers: Ice Skater doll? Yeah, I’ve been looking like mad, but it seems like she’s been discontinued. All I’ve seen is the fire fighter and the new baby doctor / dentist playsets.
Her outfit is more of a skirt, her face is boring AF and her body is stiff and unuseable. But hey, at least she comes with ice skates and a trophy? …Maybe it’s a good thing I didn’t buy her! I think I would have regretted it later on.
When I went to the shops the other day, I saw this really cute Dreamtopia mermaid, but I didn’t end up getting her because I was worried she would look expressionless in photos. Danika, a similar 2015 fairy, sometimes looks a bit expressionless. I don’t think I’ve seen these mermaids before, but she released in the US about a year ago. Gotta love getting things late hahAHAHAHA. *sarcasm*
Do you like her? She was $13, same price as a Fashionista -but since she’s a mermaid, she has no proper clothes, which means you’re getting a better deal when you buy a Fashionista as you get more stuff. But I don’t really like any of the current Fashionistas, and I have lots of clothes already. Tough call.
Anyway, I went home (without the doll) and watched this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4orB6OFOZg
The above video explained that there are three kinds of Dreamtopia dolls -Candy, Rainbow and Gem. Candy is my personal favourite -remember when I mentioned I particularly liked the blonde princess? Turns out she is the Candy Princess!
The above video only features the Rainbow and Candy dolls, not the Gem ones.
Here’s a better look at the Candy girls. In the video advertisement, she has curly hair, but here (and irl) it is straight. She has the sweetest face. I wonder if she would match the Lea M2M skintone? I have a two M2M Leas, one is on Neko and the other is on Drew. I was planning to make Drew a ‘main character,’ but she didn’t fit well into the storyline, so the Candy Princess can have her body.
And hopefully I have an old Fashionista lying around, she can take the Candy Mermaid body.
I really do like their outfits, they’re sweet, but the stiff legs would bother me to pieces. They’d definitely need to be rebodied. It’s such a shame the skirt isn’t a dress -I don’t really have any tops that would match that kind of skirt.
While I am going to look for the Candy Mermaid and Candy Princess, I’m not sure if I’m sold on the Candy Fairy. I guess we’ll see!
These are the ‘gem’ girls, and are my least favourite. I just don’t like all that sparkly stuff -and is that a wonky eye on the mermaid? Or maybe I’ve just been staring at it too long. Surely they wouldn’t use a wonky eye in a promotional picture!
And finally, here are the ‘rainbow’ girls. I quite like the Princess, but the other two are a bit ‘meh.’ Colourful hair doesn’t make you special!
Why am I obsessing over Dreamtopia dolls?
Well, mostly because I watched the EverythingDolls review and now I’m like I MUST HAVE THIS, but also because it’s been a looongg time (a month) since I’ve last bought a doll. It’s like an addiction, I just get so desperate and it’s all I can think about!
I guess, even though I’ve never really liked the Dreamtopia dolls, I am just getting a bit desperate for those 2017 Fashionistas. For goodness sake, it’s May! Halfway through the year! It seems like everywhere else has them! Surely they should be coming soon?
BUT WHAT ABOUT YOUR BARBIE BUDGET?
I’m doing a terrible job with savings this year. Today, I spent five dollars on LUNCH. It was so good, though, the kind of lunch that fills you up until dinnertime (or maybe that was just because I ate it at 3pm?) Anyway, the “Barbie Budget” has basically gone out the window.
Maybe next year? *laughs weakly*
THE NEXT DAY…
I went to Target! Yup, a one-hour bus ride for the sole purpose of getting this doll.
No, not this one! (although it is very, very rare to see a non-white doll here, so I figured I’d take a picture)
Here’s the front of the box. It matches well with the ‘sweetville’ theme.
And here’s the back. I don’t really like the design, but I don’t hate it either. It’s nothing special- but I suppose it’s better than a plain pink background covered in writing.
The tail comes disconnected. When I first saw one of these mermaids in the shops, I thought ‘Ha! Her tail is broken!’ The end of her tail looks lovely and transparent, it looks really nice.
A close-up of her face. It reminds me too much of the Teresa M2M -I hated that doll’s face. I think it’s the nose. It looks too …defined.
Here’s the tail all connected. There’s a bit of a gap, I’m not sure if I did it correctly -but it’s not coming out again, so I suppose I’m stuck with it!
Update: The tail fell off a few months later. I stuck it back on, and it hasn’t come off since.
The pattern ends around the back. Cost cutting, much?
Let’s take a closer look at her hair -isn’t it nice? I love the colours and the pink streaks. The little shell is cute, too.
Ew, look at that blush! I’m not sure if that’s a ‘style,’ or it’s just rubbish facepaint.
A little nail-polish remover and it’s basically gone!
Now, onto the fun part! (before I remove her tail, because there’s no way I’ll be able to think of storylines for a mermaid)
Want to know a secret? This backdrop is a calendar.
I was a little sad to remove the tail, since it is really cute. But until Dolphin Adventure comes out, I’ll never use a mermaid.
And here she is! She wears a homemade dress that was already on the donor body. The skintone doesn’t match at all, but that’s okay.
I don’t think she’ll join the main group of dolls, her face is annoying. And while taking these photos, her hair kept coming out in chunks. I haven’t even brushed it yet.
Overall? Impulse purchases made in desperation are bad. $13 gone. Maybe she’ll be Danika’s cousin, and come over for a holiday?
UPDATE: I named her Tiffany, although I might change that later, because she doesn’t look much like a Tiffany, does she?